Book Critical of Gore Gets Short Shrift on Networks

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

( - Sellout, the explosive new book accusing Vice President Al Gore of pressuring the Immigration and Naturalization Service into granting citizenship to immigrants who might vote Democratic in the 1996 elections, has received scant attention by the major network news operations.

However, during the same period, according to one media analyst, CBS News did find time to discuss a book alleging that former President Richard Nixon beat his wife and abused drugs.

Sellout was written by David Schippers, the top investigative counsel for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

In his book, Schippers reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvering during the Clinton impeachment trial and accuses Republicans in the U.S. Senate of "selling out" their GOP colleagues in the House, who were prosecuting Clinton, and guaranteeing Clinton's acquittal on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Even before investigating the Clinton impeachment, Schippers had been hired to conduct the first full-scale congressional oversight investigation of the Justice Department in 20 years.

In that capacity, Schippers writes in his book, he discovered, "it was Gore who pressed the Immigration and Naturalization Service to grant citizenship to immigrants who might vote Democratic in the 1996 elections."

Even more disturbing, according to Schippers, "In its rush, the INS didn't check the fingerprints of many immigrants to see if they had criminal backgrounds." Some of those immigrants had, in fact, been previously convicted of violent crimes, and upon gaining American citizenship, committed more crimes in the U.S., Schippers writes. The INS denies that the agency was ever pressured by Gore.

The Schippers book was released weeks ago, but has been mostly ignored by the major networks, according to Tim Graham, news analyst of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of Graham sees a trend with the network coverage, especially that of CBS.

"CBS has had a record, a history of ignoring any author who seems to have an animus against the President of the United States. Not only have they not interviewed David Schippers, they did not interview Gary Aldrich in 1996. They didn't interview Christopher Ruddy on his book, the Strange Death of Vincent Foster. They haven't interviewed Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on his book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton," Graham said.

Schippers did appear Tuesday on CNN's Burden of Proof to talk about Gore's alleged arm-twisting of the INS. He's also appeared on Fox's Hannity and Colmes and MSNBC's The News With Brian Williams.

However, the MSNBC interview made no mention of Gore or his alleged pressuring of the INS.

CBS News, according to a spokesperson, admitted that the executive producers of the network's news shows probably knew of the Schippers story but had no place for it on any of the shows.

"I probably can't answer that for every single executive producer or producer at CBS News, but I'm sure they're aware of it. I'm sure they've looked at it. I think the editorial judgment has been thus far that there may not have been a place to put it, but doesn't mean there won't be," CBS News spokesperson Sandy Genelius told

When asked if CBS was demonstrating a bias in favor of Vice President Gore, Genelius said, "we don't do that."

Graham wonders, however, why CBS had time to interview former Nixon administration officials about Anthony Summers' new book "The Arrogance of Power,"

"They can't say, well ... if you look at our record, we've had [interviews] on both sides. They haven't had [interviews] on both sides. They seem to find the time for a guy suggesting Nixon's a wife beater but they don't have the time to discuss the impeachment of President Clinton."

A check by of ABC's, CBS's, CNN's and NBC's websites found no coverage of the Schippers book. In fact, the only stories involving Schippers on those sites dated back to 1998 and 1999 as events surrounding the Clinton impeachment trial played out.

ABC News and NBC News did not return phone calls to Tuesday.